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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordkeeping

OSHA provides many avenues for understanding and interpreting whether or not a workplace injury or illness is considered a recordable injury/illness. The OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements is a great resource and a place to start. In fact you may want to bookmark it for your use each time you're recording an injury or illness on your log. 

Also, be sure to familiarize yourself with section 1904.7 general recording criteria. This will help you determine if the injury or illness meets the criteria for being a work-related recordable. An injury or illness must be considered greater than first-aid to meet the criteria for being a recordable injury or illness. Section 1904.7 includes a definition of first-aid. So if your injury is listed there, unless there are other unusual circumstances, it is not a recordable injury on your recordkeeping log. 

No, this is not a complete list of all treatments considered first aid for Part 1904 purposes. This list is made available to you from the recordkeeping section of OSHA's website

What if we are exempted from OSHA recordkeeping?

If you were selected to complete the survey, you also were notified that you must keep records during that survey calendar year for reporting. You would have received that notification in December of the year prior to the survey year. 

Where can I get a copy of the OSHA log (300/300A)?

Download OSHA Injury & Illness Recordkeeping Forms - 300, 300A, 301

Whom do I call if I have questions about OSHA recordkeeping?

Your BLS researcher can assist you in completing your survey and with searching and understanding the published data and tables. The Division of Safety & Hygiene training center offers OSHA recordkeeping classes at various times and locations throughout the year. If you need immediate assistance with your OSHA recordkeeping logs, in understanding what is recordable and what is not recordable, the local area OSHA offices as listed below are your experts. 

Cincinnati Area OSHA Office
36 Triangle Park Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Phone: 513-841-4132
Fax: 513-841-4114 

Cleveland Area OSHA Office
Essex Place
6393 Oak Tree Blvd., Suite 203
Independence, Ohio 44131-6964
Phone: 216-447-4194
Fax: 216-520-1624

Columbus Area OSHA Office
200 N. High St., Room 620
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-469-5582
Fax: 614-469-6791 

Toledo Area OSHA Office
420 Madison Ave., Suite 600
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Phone: 419-259-7542
Fax: 419-259-6355

BWC education and training services 

Division of Safety & Hygiene Education and Training Services 
30 W. Spring St., 25th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-2256
Phone: 1-800-644-6292
Schedule safety courses